Lucinda Cole is spending the summer finishing her book “Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1640-1700.” It’s about the importance of certain animal populations--rats, birds, fleas, dogs, and foxes--to science and literature during the Little Ice Age when, a drop in temperatures having created food insecurities across Europe, humans were regularly forced to compete with other animals for food. The grateful recipient of a Faculty Senate Research Grant, Lucinda has also been doing preliminary research for a new project on the early modern ivory trade. Configurations, a journal devoted to science and literature published by Johns Hopkins University Press, has asked her to serve on their advisory board.
Women and Gender Studies Program
Incoming WGS Director, Lucinda Cole completing work on "Imperfect Creatures"
Posted June 21, 2013